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Ustadz Abdul Somad Batubara, Lc. M.A. giving sermons during Eid al-Adha Prayers at the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam., Jakarta – Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr. Sujatmiko said he was grateful that Indonesian prominent preacher Ustadz Abdul Somad Batubara, Lc. was present to give a sermon before thousands of worshippers during the Eid Al-Adha prayers procession held in Bandar Seri Begawan, on Sunday morning (Aug 11) or 10 Zulhijjah 1440 Hijrah in the Arabic calendar. The ambassador also reiterated the hope that the Indonesian community would work in earnest, maintain the good name of Indonesia, and ascertain that their passports and visas to avoid consular inconveniences, according to a statement from Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, Monday (12/8/2019).

In the Eid al-Adha Khutbah, Ustadz Abdul Somad delivered three main messages, namely that we should be dutiful to our parents, that we again make a sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha day, and that we maintain the bonds of brotherhood with our fellow beings.

The Ustadz also reminded parents to nurture their children as they are the future of the nation and state. Ustadz Abdul Somad also appealed to the jamaat not to vent their anger and be forgiving to their fellow beings so that they can return to their original state of purity when they were born.

The prayer, which was performed at the Embassy compound, was led by Ustadz Sholeh and was attended by more than 1,600 Indonesian Muslims.

The Indonesian community in Bandar Seri Begawan enthusiastically welcomed Ustadz Abdul Somad by coming in great numbers to the embassy.

The tabligh akbar and the Eid al-Adha observances are organized by the embassy to help foster greater harmony among the Indonesian community residing in Brunei Darussalam.

The two-day visit of Ustadz Abdul Somad, Lc. M.A. from Jakarta is the result of a collaboration between the embassy and Dompet Dhuafa, a non-profit Indonesian organization that empowers the people in the health, education, economic, and social development sectors.

The celebrations concluded with a feast featuring Indonesian cuisine that the jamaat enjoyed courtesy of the embassy and the Indonesian community.

The visit of Ustadz Abdul Somad was also used to promote friendship with the Brunei Muslim community. He delivered a sermon before thousands of Bruneians at the Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan before his return to Indonesia the same day. (ant)

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Vice President, Jusuf Kalla., Yogyakarta – Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, opined that the implementation of State Ideology Pancasila’s values in everyday life must be in line with the endeavor to create economic welfare that is fairly distributed among the entire nation.

With this fair prosperity, Indonesia’s unity in diversity could remain intact, Kalla said while delivering his keynote speech at the 9th Congress of Pancasila held at the Gadjah Mada University’s hall here on Thursday (15/8/2019).

“Although the five principles of Pancasila are well memorized, lots of people still live in poverty, and economic inequality exists in various parts of the country. This condition may trigger people to rebel against the state,” he said.

Along 74 years of its independence, Indonesia has undergone at least 15 serious conflicts in several parts of the country and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. Most of the conflicts were sparked by injustice and a lack of prosperity, he said.

The Aceh and Poso conflicts, for instance, were triggered by the absence of justice and economic welfare. “Aceh is perceived as an oil- and gas-resource rich province but its people did not enjoy the wealth,” he said.

The Poso conflict was sparked by political injustice, which led to dissatisfaction among local fighters, he said, adding that poverty and economic inequality could lead to the emergence of rebellion.

Kalla further said that Pancasila should be placed as the state’s life foundation instead of using it as a tool for achieving the state’s goals. (fnn)

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President RI, Joko Widodo., Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has issued a Presidential Regulation No 52 Year 2019 on Ratification of the Statute for the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), which is an affiliated organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Indonesia needed to become a member of SMIIC to enable the country play active roles in developing standard and metrology applied by Islamic countries, the Indonesian State Secretary said on its official website here on Wednesday (14/8/2019).

Indonesia, a member of the OIC, has competency in advanced standardisation and metrology, hence its membership in SMIIC could be beneficial.

The Presidential Regulation (Perpres) was signed on July 19, 2019, and is effective starting July 24, 2019.

SMIIC, is relatively a new institution and launched its activities for the first time in early 2012 after the official formation of its General Secretariat. It aims to develop common standards that are applied across the whole of the OIC as a single market which will aid to ensure the protection of consumers, facilitate cross-border trade, ensure the interoperability of products, encourage innovation and technological development, include environmental protection and enable businesses to grow.

SMIIC Strategic Plan 2016-2020 includes five main strategic approaches, notably: to develop high-quality standards that can be used regionally and internationally; to enhance society confidence and quality infrastructure; to improve connectivity and integration between members; to develop networking for success; and to develop and improve utilization of resources and capabilities

The current Secretary General fo SMIIC is Ihsan Ovut, who was elected at the 7th General Assembly Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov 20, 2014, and re-elected as the Secretary General for the 2018-2020 term at the 12th SMIIC General Assembly Meeting held on Nov 26, 2017 in Istanbul.

The current members of SMIIC Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term are Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. (jok)

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Asylum seekers shake hands during Eid Al-Adha celebration at the former office of military command in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday August (11/8/2019)., Jakarta – Several Muslim refugees from Afghanistan and Sudan expressed their yearnings of celebrating Eid Al-Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) at homes.

Shakila, an Afghan national, during an interview at the refugee temporary shelter in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday, said that every Eid Al-Adha Day, she and her family would visit relatives, sit together for a feast, and wear new clothes.

She further stated every Eid Al-Adha at home in Afghanistan, her family slaughtered at least five cattle as its price was affordable. After slaying the mammals, Shakila and her family cooked the meat with Afghan’s traditional recipes.

However, none of the traditions were performed as Shakila now had to live in a temporary center at a facility owned by military command in Kalideres, West Jakarta for at least four years.

She and other foreign refugees now still awaited to be relocated to a permanent country by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Not far from Shakila, a foreign refugee from Sudan, Adam Ali also missed celebrating Eid Al-Adha at home. “After praying and asking for forgiveness to family members, I visited their homes, and they paid a visit as well,” Ali stated.

Differed with Shakila who was used to purchase the cattle during the holy day, Ali was used to slay the cattle he raised by himself.

“We raised dozens lambs,” Ali shortly recalled his memory celebrating Eid Al-Adha in Sudan.

Nevertheless, Ali, his wife and his baby along with other 1,000 foreign refugees had to stop performing their usual traditions during Eid Al-Adha Day, as they had been displaced from their homes and separated from their relatives due to the wars and humanitarian conflicts. (sho)

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